Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Beyond Plan B ...

Tony Perkins, FRC Washington Update: Over the last week, FRC has learned that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will decide tomorrow whether Plan B will be made available over-the-counter to women of all ages. Not too long ago, the Obama FDA adopted a so-called compromise policy on the sales of Plan B. As it stands, girls under the age of 17 need a prescription for the drug which, according to its own packaging label, can act as an abortifacient. The compromise, which provides some protections for underage girls, is apparently too restrictive to the promiscuous, pro-abortion policies of this administration.

If the FDA removes the age limit, it will defy good public health sense. Young people under the age of 25 are infected with half of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) nationwide. Making Plan B available over-the-counter would bypass the necessary and routine medical care of sexually active girls and women, which helps screen for health conditions like sexually transmitted diseases. What's more, a study published last year showed that in England a public health program that encouraged use of Plan B in teens actually led to an increased STD rate in adolescents. (Sourafel Girma, David Paton. The Impact of Emergency Birth Control on Teen Pregnancy and STIs. Journal of Health Economics, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2010.12.004.)

Also, the average age of sexual trafficking victims in the U.S. is between 13 and 14. There's a real danger that Plan B would be given to women (especially sexually abused women and minors) under coercion or without their consent. Interaction with medical professionals is a major screening and defense mechanism for victims of sexual abuse. If the FDA chooses to make Plan B available over-the-counter, it wouldn't be in the best interest of women's health. Obviously, politics--not reason or science--would be the motivating factor for a decision like this.

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1 comment :

Allyson Robertson said...

The next thing on the agenda they'll legalize murder!! If they pass this God be with all of our unborn children in our country. These people working to pass this don't stop and think that they started in the womb at one time too!